The Mess is Part of the Magic  
By David Curtiss / February 2017

It was a hard-fought and divisive political season – one that has raised anxiety levels both in the United States and abroad. It is now up to the new president and the Republican-controlled 115th Congress to get to work.

DIY Advocacy  
By Edith Allison / January 2017

AAPG Members around the world can help provide scientific and technical explanations to help guide new legislation and regulation.

Trump Wins, Now What?  
By Edith Allison / December 2016

Energy policy was not a major topic of the presidential campaigns, but President-elect Donald Trump’s positions represent a radical change from current energy policy.

Chasing Fugitive Methane  
By Edith Allison / November 2016

Atmospheric methane continues to rise and the scientific evidence is unclear on whether oil and gas operations are the source of the increase.

 Science Literacy Study: Facts Don't Always Shape Attitudes  
By Edith Allison / October 2016

The National Academy of Sciences recently published a report on how science literacy affects support for science.

Oil and Gas Scorecard in the 114th Congress  
By Edith Allison, Adeolu O. Aderoju / September 2016

The 114th Congress accomplished few of its oil and gas-related legislative goals, in spite of the fact that Republicans, who generally support fossil fuel development, held the majority in both the House and Senate – the first time since the 109th Congress (2005-07).

Hot Topic in D.C.: Arctic Policy  
By Edith Allison / August 2016

Arctic energy is in the news as summer steams into Washington, D.C. Major issues include the midpoint of the two-year U.S. chair of the Arctic Council; public campaigns for and against including the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the 2017-22 offshore oil and gas leasing plan; and plans for the United States to build the first heavy icebreaker in 40 years.

 Looking Back at the Oil Boom  
By Edith Allison / July 2016

Even though oil prices are up from their January lows, many people are focused on the current economic hardships, business bankruptcies and layoffs, and the question naturally arises – was the boom worth it?

A Look Back At 40 Years of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve  
By Edith Allison / June 2016

As the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve approaches its 40th birthday and the world is awash in excess oil, the U.S. Department of Energy and Congress are taking a serious look at the reserve and its almost 700 million barrels of crude oil stored in 62 salt caverns in Texas and Louisiana.

AAPG Visits With Washington Policymakers  
By Edith Allison / May 2016

At AAPG’s 2016 Congressional Visits Days on March 15 and 16, AAPG members participated in 27 meetings with members of Congress and executive branch agencies that research or regulate oil and natural gas activities.

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